Thanks, Toolman50. The doors are 40+ year old red oak and have some serious issues. Someone used varnish to refinish them a few years ago and it looks like the panels got 'glued' into their grooves by that and then split in two cases and shrank in three other cases such that there are visible cracks between panel and stiles. They want new doors. Also, five of the eight the panels have visible cracks at the glue-lines. I don't know what glue the original woodworker used but 40 years ago, I don't think he had access to TitebondIII. Does anyone have an idea what he might have used back then for an outer door? By the way, the doors were very well made by a real craftsman and the only question I might have asked him was why the stiles have through mortices which has left the tenons exposed at edges. Since the stiles are 5 1/2" wide, it could be that he had to come at the mortices from both sides or maybe he did not want any 'piston' effect when inserting tenons into the mortices?
Last edited by walsh; 06-18-2017 at 11:42 AM.